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R single
Lana Del Rey
Writer(s) Lana Del Rey
Justin Parker
Producer(s) Rick Rubin
Released September 25, 2012
Length 4:49
(See official versions)
From Plogo
Single(s) "Ride"
Promotional single(s) "Blue Velvet"
"Burning Desire"
Paradise track listing
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"Ride" (or "Drive"[1]) is a song by Lana Del Rey released on September 25, 2012, as the lead single off her third EP and second major release, Paradise. The song was co-written by Justin Parker, and produced by Rick Rubin.


"Ride" is soul pop ballad composed in the key of C Major, with Del Rey's vocals ranging from C3 to E5. The recording features mild cursing, but is otherwise laced with nostalgic lyrics and husky vocals.

Critical receptionEdit

"Ride" earned critical commendation from music critics. noticed the track adheres to Del Rey's trademark sound, stating that the notion of her even having a trademark after one commercially successful album indicates that "we haven't seen the last of her just yet." Of the production itself, it was said that "Ride" is more accomplished than Del Rey's previous endeavors, with the strengths of the track outshining the flaws. The reviewer concluded by saying, "All that doe-eyed “you can be my full-time daddy / baby” shtick is going to start getting a little tired pretty soon, though, we reckon."[2]

NME blogged that the song's most significant lyric read, "I'm tired of feeling like I'm fucking crazy", while stating that the accompanying music video may be produced solely by Del Rey, as the videos for "Carmen" and "Video Games" were.[3] In a separate review for the same publication, Eve Barlow was critical of the song, writing that Del Rey sounded like "an oversexed frog being dragged against a washboard."[4] Pitchfork Media opined aforementioned lyric was a rare moment of raw emotion by Del Rey.[5] Billboard wrote: "Ride' is a long, dreamy ballad that swells into full view during the chorus, when the singer declares, 'Been trying' hard not to get into trouble/But I, I've got a war in my mind… so I just ride."[6] MTV called "Ride" a "slow burn" and "as mellow and on her debut."[7] Another MTV review said: "On 'Ride,' Rey sings what she knows best: loneliness, some daddy issues and day-drinking. All of this is probably a metaphor for something, but honestly, we’re still trying to figure out what those 'Born To Die' tigers mean."[8] A third review by MTV dubbed the single the number one "Must Hear" song of the week, saying, "Heaven is truly a place on Earth with you, Miss Lana."[9] Similarities were drawn between "Ride" and work by The Killers frontman, Brandon Flowers, on his solo debut, Flamingo.[10] Stuff said the title "Ride" was predictably pokerfaced.[11] Cameron Matthew of Spinner noted that Del Rey "amped up on the smokey vocals" with "Ride."[12]

Tom Breihan of Stereogum said "Ride": "moves [Del Rey] back to the power of "Video Games" and "Blue Jeans" while simultaneously pushing her into a grand Adele crossover-soul-pop zone. It's really nice. There's hope for this lady yet!"[13] Amanda Dobbins wrote on New York magazine's professional music blog, Vulture, that Del Rey is "still calling men who are not her father 'Daddy," on "Ride."[14] Dose reviewer Leah Collins called the record "predictably morose".[15] Complex named "Ride" the eighth best song of 2012.[16]

Commercial performanceEdit

Ride had a moderated success, especially in Europe. The song peaked number 3 and 6 in Belgium (Flanders and Wallonia respectively).[17][18] It reached number 63 in Austria, 40 in Denmark, and 56 in France.[19][20][21] In UK it debuted at number 32 being her fourth top 40 on the chart.[22] It peaked number 44, 35 and 20 in Germany, Ireland and Switzerland respectively.[23][24][25] Ride debuted at number 9 in Russia.[26] In USA, the song didn't entered the Hot 100, but it reached 26 and 21 in US Adult Alternative Songs and US Hot Rock Songs respectively.[27][28] In Australia, Ride peaked number 89.[29]

Official versions Edit

  • Album version – 4:49
  • Single version – 4:46
  • Radio edit – 4:12
  • Instrumental – 4:47
  • Music video version (with monologues) – 10:10

Commerical releaseEdit

Physical releaseEdit

United Kingdom (3722046) (45RPM)

Lana-del-rey-ride-polydor Label: Polydor, Interscope
Format: 7" picture disc vinyl in plastic sleeve
Released: 2012
Barcode: 602537220465
Photogaphy: Chuck Grant
Design: Unknown

United States (Promotional) (45RPM)

R Promo Label: Polydor, Interscope
Format: 7" picture disc vinyl in cardsleeve
Released: 2012
Barcode: None
Photogaphy: Chuck Grant
Design: Unknown

Digital releaseEdit

Ride - Single

R single Label: Universal Music
Format: Digital download
Released: October 12, 2012
Barcode: None
Photogaphy: Chuck Grant
Design: Unknown
# Name Time
1. "Ride" (Radio Edit) 4:12
2. "Ride"   4:46

Ride (Remixes)

R itunes remixes Label: Polydor
Format: Digital download
Released: November 19, 2012
Barcode: None
Photogaphy: Chuck Grant
Design: Unknown
# Name Time
1. "Ride" (SOHN Remix) 5:12
2. "Ride" (MJ Cole Remix) 5:55
3. "Ride" (Eli Escobar Remix) 7:52
4. "Ride" (14th Remix) 3:43
5. "Ride" (Wes James Remix) 4:20
6. "Ride" (Lyla's Surprise [James Lavelle Remix]) 8:13


  • 14th Remix (3:43)
  • Active Child Remix (3:42)
  • Eli Escobar Remix (7:52)
  • James Lavelle Remix (11:07)
  • James Lavelle [Lyla's Surpise] Remix (8:13)
  • Lindstrom Remix (9:26)
  • MJ Cole Remix (5:55)
  • Penguin Prison Remix (5:02)
  • Photek Remix (4:30)
  • SOHN Remix (5:12)
  • Wes James Remix (4:20)


I've been out on that open road
You can be my full time daddy,
White and gold
Singing blues has been getting old
You can be my full time baby,
Hot or cold

Don't break me down
I've been travelin' too long
I've been trying too hard
With one pretty song

I hear the birds on the summer breeze,
I drive fast, I am alone in the night
Been tryin' hard not to get into trouble,
but I, I've got a war in my mind
So, I just ride, just ride,
I just ride, just ride

Dying young and I'm playing hard
That's the way my father made his life an art
Drink all day and we talk 'til dark
That's the way the road dogs do it – ride 'til dark.

Don't leave me now
Don't say good bye
Don't turn around
Leave me high and dry

I hear the birds on the summer breeze,
I drive fast, I am alone in the night
Been tryin' hard not to get into trouble,
but I, I've got a war in my mind
I just ride, just ride,
I just ride, just ride

I'm tired of feeling like I'm fucking crazy
I'm tired of driving 'til I see stars in my eyes
It's all I've got to keep myself sane, baby
So I just ride, I just ride

I hear the birds on the summer breeze,
I drive fast, I am alone in the night
Been tryin' hard not to get into trouble,
but I, I've got a war in my mind
I just ride, just ride,
I just ride, I just ride

Music videoEdit

Music video Information
Lana Del Rey - Ride10:10

Lana Del Rey - Ride

Released October 10, 2012
Length 10:10
Director Anthony Mandler
Producer Heather Heller
VEVO views 82+ Million views


The music video for "Ride" was produced by Anthony Mandler, making this their second video together, following "National Anthem".


Introduction and monologueEdit

The video begins with a scene of Del Rey riding on a tire swing in the middle of the desert while her voice over-narrates the monologue.

I was in the winter of my life and the men I met along the road were my only summer. At night I fell sleep with visions of myself dancing and laughing and crying with them.
Three year down the line of being on an endless world tour and my memories of them were the only things that sustained me, and my only real happy times.
I was a singer, not very popular one, who once has dreams of becoming a beautiful poet
but upon an unfortunate series of events saw those dreams dashed and divided like a million stars in the night sky that I wished on over and over again, sparkling and broken. But I really didn’t mind because I knew that it takes getting everything you ever wanted and then losing it to know what true freedom is. When the people I used to know found out what I had been doing, how I had been living- they asked me why. But there’s no use in talking to people who have a home, they have no idea what its like to seek safety in other people, for home to be wherever you lied you head.

I was always an unusual girl, my mother told me that I had a chameleon soul. No moral compass pointing me due north, no fixed personality. Just an inner indecisiveness that was as wide as wavering as the ocean. And if I said that I didn’t plan for it to turn out this way I’d be lying- because I was born to be the other woman. I belonged to no one- who belonged to everyone, who had nothing- who wanted everything with a fire for every experience and an obsession for freedom that terrified me to the point that I couldn’t even talk about- and pushed me to a nomadic point of madness that both dazzled and dizzied me.

Closing monologueEdit

The music video concludes with another monologue. The words "die young" from the monologue are tattooed on Del Rey's finger.

Every night I used to pray that I’d find my people
And finally I did, on the open road.
We have nothing to lose, nothing to gain, nothing we desired anymore
Except to make our lives into a work of art.

Live fast, die young, be wild, and have fun.

I believe in the country America used to be.
I believe in the person I want to become,
I believe in the freedom of the open road.
And my motto is the same as ever -
"I believe in the kindness of strangers,
And when I’m at war with myself- I ride. I just ride."

Who are you?
Are you in touch with all your darkest fantasies?
Have you created a life for yourself where you’re free to experience them?
I have.
I am fucking crazy.
But I am free.


  • Lana Del Rey — Herself
  • Lover — Ian Seeberg
  • Lover — Scott The Wall
  • Lover — Keven Peterson
  • Biker — Josh Kurplus
  • Biker — Brian Harlow
  • Biker — Shawn Donohue
  • Biker — Steve Buchanan
  • Biker — Will Thomas

Photoshoot by Chuck Grant (September, 2012) Edit

Behind the scenes Edit




  • Strings — Tucker Robinson at Westlake Studios (California)
  • Drums — James Gadson
  • Piano & Keyboards — Zac Rae
  • Bass — Jason Lader
  • Violins — Songa Lee and Kathleen Sloan
  • Recording — Jason Lader at Shangri LA Studios (Los Angeles)
  • Recording assistants — Eric Lynn and Sean Oakley
  • Mixing — Andrew Scheps at Punkerpad West, Van Nuys (California)
  • Mastering engineer — John Davis at Metropolis Mastering (London)

Music videoEdit


  • Director — Anthony Mandler
  • Assistant director — Diamond Dave
  • Producer — Heather Heller
  • Production supervisor — Kristen Loftin
  • Production designer — Benji Bamps
  • Director of photography — Malik Syeed
  • Camera assistant — Hassan Abdul Wahid
  • Art coordinator — Regina Fernandez
  • Gaffer — Josh Davis
  • Key grip — Demetrie Cooley
  • Makeup — Pamela Cochrane
  • Hair — Anna Cofone
  • Stylist — Johnny Blue Eyes
  • Assistant stylist — Savannah


  1. APRA|AMCOS title search lists "Drive" as an alias of "Ride" (APRA ID: GW4326361)

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